So You Want To Be A Runner?

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Hi Bean a Foodies, Amy here! I’m a friend of Maria’s from her dietetic internship. Our internship class clung to each other for survival through the 10 months it took us to become registered dietitians! During that time we learned a lot about each other. For example, Maria learned I have an obsession with running which why I think she asked me to share some words of wisdom for starting a running plan with you guys. running woman Since you’re already Bean a Foodie Readers I can bet you have the nutrition part of a healthy lifestyle down (or your at the right place to learn how) so I’m just here to spread some motivation for getting a physical activity plan going.  As a self proclaimed running nut I’ve done 2 marathons and a couple ½ marathons. I won’t go into too much detail cause this post is about you not me but you can find more posts from me at Upearlywithamy.com! 

Running2 I often get asked questions about how to train for races and more specifically ½ marathons or marathons and my answer is always the same…start running!  Don’t worry I know it’s not that simple so here are 5 tips to get you started on your running career today!

  • Make a commitment– talking about running really won’t put any miles to your name.  Sign up for a race, schedule a running date with a friend, write down your goal, and make sure you have some comfortable running shoes. Do whatever it will takes it commit yourself to your goal.
  • Make a plan – Having a goal is the first step but you also need a plan. When will you make time to run? Where will your run? Write it down in your planner or on sticky notes so you can’t miss it! I personally like to work out in the morning so the course of my day  doesn’t influence whether I work out or not but you do you!
  • Don’t sweat it – Many people think if they aren’t fast or they don’t run long races their not “runners”. I think that’s silly. If you make time in your day to go running you’re a runner end of story. Don’t worry about how fast or far you go just do what you can where you are and try a little harder each day. You’ll get there and feel better for it. It’s the journey that changes you.
  • Find a way to enjoy it – Not everyone loves running when they first start. Most of us do it to stay in shape and it can be uncomfortable. If you don’t love off the bat but want to keep at  it find ways to make it fun.  Find a running buddy, join a free run club at your local running store,  create an awesome running playlist, or pick a fun event like a color run to train for!
  • Don’t give up – All runners have good days and bad days. Day they feel like they can fly and days they can barely move. Push through the bad and enjoy the good but follow through your goals and before you know it you’ll be calling yourself a runner

Good Luck and get running!

1 Comment

  1. Melissa

    January 17, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Yay for Amy being on Bean a Foodie! Love the post!

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